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Motion Denied in Frivolous Election Lawsuit Against City of Detroit

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced her department’s motion to file an amicus brief in Karamo et al. v Janice Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk has been granted and the Plaintiffs' motion for injunctive relief was denied.

“This order from the Court allows the City of Detroit to move forward with its normal process and rejects the baseless assertions of this frivolous lawsuit filed simply to spread misinformation,” said Nessel.

Judge Timothy Kenny, Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Wayne County, issued a strong rebuke of Plaintiff’s arguments and included the following in his order:

“On numerous occasions Plaintiffs have asserted the Detroit City Clerk's procedures for the November 8, 2022 election violate Michigan election laws and are reflective of corruption in our state's largest city. While it is easy to hurl accusations of violations of law and corruption, it is another matter to come forward and produce the evidence our Constitution and laws require. Plaintiffs failed, in a full day evidentiary hearing, to produce any shred of evidence...

“Plaintiffs have raised a false flag of election law violations and corruption concerning Detroit's procedures for the November 8th election. This Court's ruling takes down that flag. Plaintiffs' failure to produce any evidence that the procedures for this November 8th election violate state or federal election law demonizes the Detroit City Clerk, her office staff, and the 1,200 volunteers working this election. These claims are unjustified, devoid of any evidentiary basis and cannot be allowed to stand. Plaintiffs' motions for mandamus, preliminary injunction, and declaratory judgment are DENIED.”

A copy of the order from the Court is available here.

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